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Post-doc Groningen / Atomistic Modelling Hydrogen Embrittlement in Steels

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For the DeHy project awarded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) on hydrogen embrittlement of steels, a post-doc position for the period of one year is available. In this project, University of Groningen and the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with TU Delft, are partnering to unravel the fundamental origin of hydrogen embrittlement by a multi-scale modelling approach. The focus of this position is the atomistic modelling of crack propagation in steels in presence of hydrogen, including the development of a quantum-accurate interatomic potential to study crack propagation and hydrogen embrittlement.

The successful candidate will be co-supervised by dr. Francesco Maresca from the Computational Mechanical and Materials Engineering (CMME) unit of the Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG); by Prof. Erik van der Giessen from the Micromechanics unit of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials; and by Prof. Gabor Csanyi from the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge.


Talented, enthusiastic candidates with excellent analytical and communication skills are encouraged to apply. A PhD degree (or equivalent) in Computational Physics, Mechanics of Materials, Computational Materials Science or a related discipline is required, with experience in atomistic modelling of materials, machine learning methods, and linear elastic fracture mechanics. Experience in molecular dynamics, density functional theory, machine learning and solid mechanics is important, as well as a strong interest in materials science application and hydrogen embrittlement.

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